Comparing Islam and Christianity -The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

Islam and Christianity have very different views about the Holy Spirit and Spiritual gifts.

1. The Holy Spirit: Read my article comparing the views and different identity of the Holy Spirit within the two religions –posted on my Apologetica blog.

2. Spiritual Gifts According to Islam:

There are no spiritual gifts in Islam. All signs and miracles are done directly by Allah: “Signs are only with Allah” -Sura 6:109-110. No man can perform healing or miracles. The only miracle that Muhammad did was to deliver the Koran–The Koran is the greatest miracle of all in Islam.
They believe that Jesus may have been involved in doing some healing and miracles but that Allah was the real source and the NT exaggerated the truth. There is a prevailing doubt that the Apostles or followers of Jesus were able to do likewise. All of the miracles of the prophets before Muhammad are somewhat questioned because they view the Biblical record as being distorted.

According to Maulana Muhammad ‘Ali (an Islamic scholar) in his work on The Religion of Islam (pg 181-188), the greatest miracle of Muhammad and within Islam is the Koran. He says that the Koran is the ‘standing miracle’ of Muhammad demonstrated by the Arab people combining together and rising up and transforming individuals, families, society, and whole nations in one generation. The Koran being the one and greatest miracle of Islam.

Angels and Jinn seem to be the source of mystery in Islam. The angels are intermediaries who help Allah and bring revelation to men. The Jinn in Islam are created spirit beings who test and lead humanity astray. Many in Islam believe that the Jinn are the source of healing and miracles in Christianity. While most Islamic scholars deny that the Jinn have any such power.

Conclusion:

The enemy has huge strongholds in Islam against the Word of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible. For hundreds of years missionaries have been frustrated in preaching and reaching Muslims.

Finally, there is a break through in Africa and 6 million Muslims are now coming to Christ. What is the difference? Power encounters, healing, miracles, signs and wonders. Millions are coming to Christ through the demonstration of greater spiritual power and authority. Praise God, and thank you Holy Spirit.

References:

“The Religion of Islam”, by Maulana Muhammad Ali (Dublin, Ohio:The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’At Islam, 1990, 617 pgs.)

“The Qur’an” English Translation, by M.H. Shakir (Elmhurst,NY: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc., 15th edition, 2005)

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